Real Estate Advisory Board

BNA's Real Estate Advisory Board is comprised of esteemed professionals from renown corporations, universities, and government entities. Below is a listing of our current board members.

Leonard Silverstein

Leonard L. Silverstein is the founder of Silverstein and Mullens, which later became part of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. He concentrates his practice in estate planning, nonprofit organizations, charitable contributions and representation before the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department.

Leonard serves as founder of the highly regarded Tax Management publication series. For the past 50 years, Tax Management has produced and maintained more than 500 portfolios, monthly journals and periodicals, providing tax professionals and advisors with a sophisticated analysis, application and interpretation of the Internal Revenue Code.

Before he founded his own firm with Richard A. Mullens in 1960, Leonard served as an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and on the legal advisory staff of the Treasury Department. His long history of professional and community service includes roles on the Advisory Group of the House Ways and Means Committee in the late 1950s, as executive director of the "Filer" Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs, as a member of President-elect Nixon's Task Force on Taxes, President Reagan's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and as a member of the IRS Commissioner's (Lawrence Gibbs) Exempt Organizations Advisory Group.

Howard E. Abrams, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA.

Robert L. Bachner, Esq., J.D., Harvard Law School (1958), A.B., Harvard College (1955).  Senior Counsel in the New York office of Phillips Nizer LLP, Robert Bachner engages in a broad spectrum of real estate practice involving properties throughout the United States.  He frequently guides clients through tax sensitive transactions, including tax free exchanges, deferred dispositions and estate planning for family owned real estate.  Mr. Bachner has extensive experience in the formation of collective enterprises for the acquisition and ownership of real estate including tenancies in common, general and limited partnerships and limited liability companies.  He has represented offerors, offerees and broker-dealers in connection with the private placement of real estate securities.

Edwin H. Baker, Esq., Epstein Becker & Green, New York, NY.

Bradley T. Borden, Esq., B.B.A. (1995), M.B.A. (1996), Idaho State University; J.D. (1999), LL.M. in taxation (2000), University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. A professor of law at the Brooklyn Law School, Professor Borden’s research, scholarship, and teaching focus on taxation of real property transactions and flow-through entities (including tax partnerships, REITs, and REMICs). He teaches Partnership Taxation, Taxation of Real Estate Transactions and a general income tax course, and is affiliated with the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law. His work on flow-through and transactional tax theory appears in articles published in many law reviews such as Baylor Law Review, University of Cincinnati Law Review, Florida Law Review, Georgia Law Review, Houston Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Tax Lawyer, and Virginia Tax Review, among others. His articles also frequently appear in leading national tax journals including Journal of Taxation, Journal of Taxation of Investments, Real Estate Taxation, and Tax Notes.  Professor Borden has worked as a consultant to The Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress of the United States and also often serves as an expert witness or consultant on major litigation matters that relate to real estate, flow-through taxation or legal malpractice. Before entering academia, he practiced tax law in the San Antonio, Texas law firm of Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison & Tate, Inc. He is active in the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, is a past chair of its Sales, Exchanges & Basis Committee, and is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Jerry L. Bowman, Esq., J.D., The College of William and Mary (1975); B.A., Virginia Tech (1972); Partner,
Bowman Green Hampton & Kelly PLLC, Chesapeake, VA.  Jerry L. Bowman is a founding partner of the Bowman, Greene, Hampton and Kelly PLL and has practiced in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Chesapeake metropolitan area since 1975. His areas of practice include: complex business and real estate transactions based on a strong foundation in state and federal taxation; complex commercial, banking, health and employment law transactions: and litigation support for commercial litigation and employment law. Prior to joining BGHK, Mr. Bowman was a Partner with Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. until 1985, a Partner with McGuire Woods, LLP, and with the firm of Faggert & Frieden, P.C. Bowman is also an Adjunct Professor, Tax and Financial Planning, at Old Dominion University.

Martin B. Cowan, Esq., Attorney at Law, New York, NY.

Gerald S. Deutsch, Esq., Attorney at Law, Glen Head, NY.

Joseph L. Ferst, B.S., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1975. Mr. Ferst is the Service Line Leader, National Federal Tax Services, at Deloitte Tax LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of the AICPA, NYSSCPA, NAREIT, and ULI. Mr. Ferst is a speaker on real estate, partnership, and financial instruments tax issues and the author of numerous books and articles on real estate, partnership, and financial instruments taxation, including contributions to BNA's Real Estate Journal,Real Estate Investment Trusts HandbookThe Handbook of Commercial Mortgage-Backed SecuritiesThe Appraisal Journal, Journal of Real Estate Taxation, and the Journal of Taxation of Financial Institutions.

Stephen D. Gardner, Esq., Cooley LLP, New York, NY.

Michael Hirschfeld, Esq., Dechert, New York, NY.

David I. Kempler, Esq., Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Washington, DC.

H. Grace Kim, Esq., Ernst & Young LLP, Washington, D.C.

Leslie H. Loffman, Esq., Retired from DLA Piper. Syosset, NY.

Robert E. Madden, Esq., Blank Rome LLP, Washington, DC.

Avram S. Metzger, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, New York, NY.

Joel E. Miller, Miller & Miller LLP, A.B., Columbia College (1954); J.D., Columbia University School of Law (1956); LL.M. in taxation, New York University Graduate School of Law (1964). Mr. Miller served as Law Secretary to Honorable Harold R. Medina, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1956–1957, and was associated with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York, NY, 1957–1960. Mr. Miller is associated with and a member of Demov, Morris, Levin & Shein, New York, NY, 1961–1969; a member of the adjunct and full-time faculty, St. John's University School of Law between 1976 and 1989; Chair, Subcommittee on Condominiums and Cooperatives, Committee on Real Estate Tax Problems, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association; Chair, Subcommittee on Liens, Cooperatives and Condominiums Committee, Real Property Law Section. New York State Bar Association, Tax Section. He is co-author of Modern Trust Forms and Checklists (Warren, Gorham & Lamont, Inc. 1980) and Federal Taxation of Trusts (Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1968) as well as a contributor to Tax Law Review, Journal of Real Estate Taxation, Journal of Taxation, and other legal publications on matters involving federal taxation and property law. Mr. Miller was an editor of Real Estate Tax Ideas from 1979–1983 and is a member of several advisory boards. He is also a lecturer at various tax institutes.

Steven F. Mount, B.A., Muskingum College, 1976; J.D., Harvard University, 1979. Mr. Mount is a Partner at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. in Columbus, Ohio. He is admitted to Ohio and New York. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and a regular panelist at the Novogradac New Markets Tax Credit Conference series. Mr. Mount is a former author of a BNA Portfolio on the taxation of real estate investment trusts (REITs) and author of several articles on REITs and other issues. His practice focuses on transactions involving new markets tax credit and historic tax credit transactions; representing developers, investors, and financial institutions in partnership syndication and related financing transactions; and representing clients in partnership taxation, international tax issues in cross-border transactions, and issues concerning real estate investment trusts.

Frederic A. Nicholson, Esq., Wilcox & Savage PC, Norfolk, VA.

Marshall B. Paul, Esq., Saul Ewing, Baltimore, MD.

Martin D. Pollack, Esq., Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, New York, NY.

Donald B. Reynolds, Jr., Esq., Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Washington, DC.

Howard J. Rothman, B.A., City College of New York (1967); J.D., Brooklyn Law School (1971); LL.M., New York University School of Law (1972). Mr. Rothman is a member of the American Bar Association, Section of Taxation; Committee on Corporate Tax; New York State Bar Association, Section of Taxation; Committee on Corporations, Committee on Partnerships, and Committee on Income from Real Property. He is also a member of the International Bar Association; Committee on Taxation; Tax Management's Real Estate Advisory Board; and the New York State Bar. He is a co-author of Tax Management Portfolios No. 561, Capital Assetsand No. 759, Transfers to Controlled Corporations: Related Problems.

Blake D. Rubin, B.A., Haverford College, 1976; J.D., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1980; M.B.A., with distinction, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 1980. Mr. Rubin is a member of the Order of the Coif, Beta Alpha Psi, and Beta Gamma Sigma. He is a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Washington, DC, author of more than 120 articles on partnership and real estate tax topics, and a frequent speaker on tax topics. He was former Chair for the District of Columbia Bar Tax Section and former Chair, American Bar Association Section of Taxation Real Estate Committee. He is also Partnership and Real Estate Chair at New York University Annual Institute on Federal Taxation; Chair, ALI-ABA Annual Conference on Creative Tax Planning for Real Estate Transactions; Chair, PLI Annual Real Estate Tax Forum; and Chair for the AICPA Annual Federal Real Estate Tax Conference.

Richard A. Shapack, B.S., Engineering, United States Naval Academy; M.B.A, Harvard University Graduate School of Business; J.D., Catholic University Columbus School of Law. Mr. Shapack is Of Counsel, Butzel Long, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and practices business law, real estate, and estate planning with special emphasis on tax and business planning. He is a member of the Michigan Bar, ABA, Florida Bar (Board Certified Tax Lawyer), and a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.  He is a Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate and a Michigan Super Lawyer since its inception, 2006-09. Mr. Shapack is a speaker at the ABA Real Property Section and Tax Section meetings, State Bar of Michigan meetings, the Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Tax Management Advisory Board, the BNA Law Education Institute National Law Conference, and the NYU Real Estate Institute. Mr. Shapack has authored many articles and book reviews.

Ira B. Stechel, B.A., magna cum laude, City College of New York (1969); J.D., Cornell Law School (1972). Mr. Stechel was Note Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal (1971–72); LL.M. (taxation), New York University. Mr. Stechel is a member of the Connecticut Bar, New York Bar, American Bar Association (Section of Taxation), New York State Bar Association (Tax Section), Committee on Corporations, and Committee on Partners and Partnerships. He is the author of Tax Management Portfolio, Travel and Transportation Expenses—Deduction and Recordkeeping Requirementsand a contributor to the Journal of Taxation, Taxation for Lawyers, Taxation for Accountants, Tax Management Real Estate Journal, and Tax Ideas. Mr. Stechel is a lecturer at the N.Y.U. Institute on Federal Taxation, Midwest Tax Institute, and Fordham Law School.

Stefan F. Tucker, B.B.A., University of Michigan, 1960; J.D., University of Michigan, 1963. Mr. Tucker is a Partner at Venable LLP in the Washington, DC, office. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, ABA Section of Taxation, ALI-ABA, ACREL, and ACTC. Mr. Tucker is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Massachusetts School of Law at Andover and a speaker on current developments, estate planning and tax planning for real estate. He is the author of Tax Planning for Real Estate Transactions (Thomson/West) July 1989. He is also Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School and Lecturer in the Law at University of Michigan Law School.

William P. Wasserman Esq., Retired from Ernst & Young LLP. Los Angeles, CA.

Louis S. Weller, Esq., Of Counsel, Bryan Cave LLP, San Francisco, CA.

Mark E. Wilensky, Johns Hopkins University, B.A.; University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, M.A. Columbia University School of Law, J.D.; New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation. Mr. Wilensky is Counsel to the Firm's Tax Law Group. Prior to joining the firm Mark was a tax attorney in the New York City office of Roberts & Holland LLP for twelve years. A large part of Mark’s practice involves advising clients looking to sell, exchange, lease, or refinance real estate and take advantage of the tax deferral opportunities offered by section 1031 exchanges, installment sales, and long-term lease agreements. Mark frequently works with real estate counsel at the Firm advising clients operating as partnerships, limited liability companies, or S corporations on ways to achieve tax deferral from an exchange of property without triggering gain from receipt of taxable “boot.” Another large part of Mark’s practice involves working with the Firm’s corporate counsel advising business entities on ways to divide a business among shareholders or partners without triggering taxable gain or otherwise counseling clients operating as limited liability companies or S corporations on ways to take advantage of the lower tax rates on capital gains when selling all or a portion of a business. Mark also has experience settling New York State and City residency audits and advising clients on New York State and City real estate transfer tax, mortgage recording tax, and sales taxes. Mark chaired the American Bar Association Tax Section's Sales, Exchanges & Basis Committee from 2012 through June 2014 and is a frequent speaker at Tax Section meetings. Mark was honored by the Tax Section as a Nolan Fellow in 2011. 

Donald T. Williamson, B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa), Hamilton College (1973); M.B.A., Johnson Graduate School of Business Administration, Cornell University (1976); J.D., Cornell Law School (1977); LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center (1983). Mr. Williamson was Associate Editor of The Tax Lawyer, 1982–1983 and is a Certified Public Accountant (Virginia, 1979). Williamson currently is principal at LaMonaca & Williamson, CPAs, Falls Church, VA.

Lary S. Wolf, Esq., Roberts & Holland LLP, New York, NY.

Robert W. Wood, Esq., Wood LLP; J.D., University of Chicago Law School (1979); A.B., English, Humboldt State University (1976) summa cum laude; University of Sheffield, England (1975-1976).  Robert W. Wood is a 1979 graduate of University of Chicago Law School where he earned a Juris Doctor and won the Florence James Adams Prize as well as a University of Chicago Scholarship. He practices law with Wood LLP in San Francisco, California where he provides services for domestic and international clients on a variety of state, federal, and international tax matters. Mr. Wood is admitted to practice law in CA, NY, AZ, MT, WY, TX, and DC. He is also admitted to practice as a Solicitor in England and Wales. Mr. Wood is a tax expert and has been designated by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Taxation. Mr. Wood is the author of over 35 books in the field of taxation. He has long been recognized as a leading authority and commentator on several highly specialized and complex areas of the tax law. He is one of the foremost experts in the world on the taxation of damage awards and settlement payments. Mr. Wood frequently serves as a counselor and expert witness to his clients throughout the world on this unique area of the tax law and is the author of the leading treatise in the area, Taxation of Damage Awards and Settlement Payments (published by Tax Institute). Mr. Wood is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The M&A Tax Report, a national monthly newsletter addressing tax techniques and trends affecting mergers and acquisitions. 

George E. Zeitlin, Esq., Chadbourne & Parke LLP, New York, NY.